TNI Activities at World Social Forum VII, Nairobi, Kenya, 20-25 January 2007

01 January 2007
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1. The role of Europe in the militarization and neoliberal globalization
Round table
Date: 21 January
Time: First Period (8:30 to 11:00 am)
Venue: Room 3IN (Upper access gate)

Organized by Hemispheric Social Alliance, Transnational Institute, Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam (Finland/India), and "Enlazando Alternativas" bi-regional Latinamerica/Caribbean - Europe Network

It´s necessary to discuss not only the role played by the US in the militarization of the world, but also how the European Union supports and participates in the US unipolar system but contribute by its own means to keep the military issue high on the agenda linking this with migration, terrorism, drugs traffic and the common safety. This round table aims to discuss the EU role from theperspectives of different regions of the world.

Speakers:

  • Walden Bello, Focus on the Global South, Philippines
  • Ariel Dacal, Centro Memorial Martin Luther King, Cuba
  • Ramón Duran, Ecologistas en Acción, Spain
  • Sergio Yanni, Israel Alternative Information Center, Israel
  • Ana Esther Ceceña, CLACSO, México/Argentina
  • Marie Guyrlene Gustin, REFRAKA - Haiti.
  • Tobias Pfluger Member of the European Parliament (MEP)
  • Salim Valley (Wits Education Policy Unit, South Africa)

Moderator: Rubens Diniz, CEBRAPAZ (Centro Brasileiro de Solidariedade entre os Povos e Luta pela Paz), Brazil

2. Free trade agreements revisited - US and EU strategies to enhance their corporate globalization agenda in the light of the laming duck of WTO Doha negotiations
Date: 21 January
Time: Second Period (11.30 am - 2:00pm)
Venue: Room 3IN (Upper access gate)

Panel organized by Our World Is Not For Sale (OWINFS)

3. Alternative South- South Peoples' strategies
Workshop
Date: 21 January
Time: Third Period (2.30 am - 5:00pm)
Venue: Room 13IN (Upper access gate)

Organised by Alternative Information and Development Center (AIDC-South Africa), IBASE (Brasil), Focus on the Global South and Transnational Institute (TNI).

As peoples' organizations from the countries of the South meet to discuss their common problems and their strategic alternatives to neoliberal globalised capitalism, and to engage on these issues with their counterparts in the North, governments of the countries of the South are increasingly pursuing their own South-South strategic alternatives. It is urgent that peoples' organisations in these countries share information and their views on the nature and direction of the South-South inter-governmental relations, particularly between developing countries and the relatively stronger 'emerging economies' or 'powers' of the South (e.g., South Africa, Brazil, India and China). This must be part of the broader struggles against the neoliberal economic system, and of the effort to ensure that emerging South-South relations follow new, equitable and developmental paths. This panel will involve organisations engaged in the "Peoples' Dialogue on Alternative Regionalisms."

Speakers:

  • Dot Keet (AIDC, South Africa)
  • Cândido Grybowski (IBASE, Brazil)
  • Mercia Andrews (Trust for Community Outreach and Education (TCOE), South Africa)
  • Adhemar Mineiro (Rede Brasileira Pela Integração dos Povos (REBRIP), Brazil)
  • Joy Chavez (FOCUS, the Philippines)
  • Gonzalo Berrón (Alianza Social Continental, Brazil)
  • representative of COSATU or SATUCC (to be confirmed, South Africa).

Moderators: Moema Miranda (IBASE), Brid Brennan (Transnational Institute).

4. Latin American and European people's struggles against TNC's power: People's Tribunal, strategies and campaigns
Date: 21 January
Time: Fourth period (5:30 - 8:00 pm)
Venue: Room 3IN (Upper access gate)

WORKSHOP organized by Transnational Institute, Alianza Social Continental, Enlazando Alternativas Biregional European -Latin America-Caribbean Network.

A workshop on the re-invention of bi-regional solidarity in the resistance to FTAs and TNCs. The experience of building broad alliances in the struggle against the power of TNCs and their abuses of human rights has, in the case of the Peoples' Tribunal, provided an excellent example of how - even in the context of extremely diverse themes, areas and strategies of action - it is possible to expose the complex ways through which transnationals try to impose their power over our peoples. This workshop will impart some of the experiences and strategies pursued by European and Latin American NGOs and social movements as part of the global movement to roll back the power of TNCs, and will include a strategic discussion to determine how we should move forward with what we have started.

Speakers:

  • François Houtart, Centre Tricontinental, Belgium
  • Alirio Uribe (Comité Operativo del Tribunal Permanente de los Pueblos Sesión, Colombia)
  • Gerard Karlhauser, CIFCA (Iniciativa de Copenhague para Centroamerica y México), Belgium
  • Myriam vander Stichle ,SOMO/TNI
  • Tom Kurchaz, Ecologistas en Acción, Spain
  • Carlos Santos Friends of the Earth Latin América, Uruguay
  • Helmut Markov, Member of the European Parliament
  • Fabien Cohen, France Amerique Latine, France
  • Ciro Pisacane, Italy
  • Kjeld Jakobsen, Observatorio Social, Brazil
  • a representative from International Labour Research and Information Group (ILRIG), South Africa

Moderators: Brid Brennan (Transnational Institute), Gonzalo Berrón (Alianza Social Continental)

5. The role of the EU in global trade and development policies
Seminar
Date: 22 January
Time: First Period (8:30 to 11:00 am)
Venue: Room 3IN (Upper access gate)

Organized by Hemispheric Social Alliance, Transnational Institute, Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam (Finland/India) and "Enlazando Alternativas" bi-regional Latinamerica/Caribbean - Europe Network

Since the 1990s, the EU has been deepening its competition with the US to conquer new markets for its TNCs and, in this context, has recently initiated a wave of diverse trade agreements at the global level. On the one hand, we have an intense dispute occurring within the framework of the WTO where the EU has been pushing generally to open global services markets; and on the other, in a complementary strategy, the EU is negotiating "association agreements" with several regions of the world (including Latin America), as well as Economic Partnership Agreements with the ACP countries (Africa, the Caribbean, and the Pacific regions). Through both agendas, the EU is seeking to impose neoliberal conditions on the peoples of the poorest regions of the earth. This seminar aims to show this big picture of how the EU operates in the global trade regime.

Speakers

  • Carlos Aguilar, Encuentro Popular, Costa Rica
  • Gyekye Tanoh, African Trade Network/Third World Network, Ghana
  • Wahu Kara, All Africa Council of Churches, Kenya
  • Dot Keet, AIDC/TNI, South Africa
  • Martin Kopecný - Prague Global Policy Institute - Glopolis, Czech Republic
  • Alexandra Strickner, Seattle To Brussels Network, Austira
  • Joy Chavez, Focus on the Global South, Philippines

Moderator: Thomas Wallgren, University of Helsinki, Finland

6. Labour in movement - facing the challenge of globalisation.
Date: 22 January
Time: First Period (8:30 to 11:00am)
Venue: Room 11IN (Lower access gate).

PANEL organized by Transform! Italia

7. Land and common natural assets / Terra e bens comuns da natureza (Peoples' Dialogue)
Date: 22 January
Time: Second Period (11:30am to 2:00pm)
Venue: Room 12IN (Lower access gate).

SEMINAR organized by IBASE and AIDC).

This past November, we organized a first seminar of the Peoples' Dialogue Project in Brazil on the theme, "Land and Natural Assets," drawing together about 60 people from networks and social movements in Africa and Latin America. The WSF in Nairobi represents an opportunity to integrate new movements and entities into this process of dialogue, to strengthen the diversity of actors who have been involved to date, and to enhance the array of possible visions of how to move forward in the shared construction and invigoration of this process, through continuity, reflection and dialogue.

Speakers:

  • David Cardozo (Sobrevivencia, Paraguay)
  • Diamantino Nhampossa (União Nacional de Camponeses, Mozambique),
  • Tendai or David Fig (Biowatch, South Africa)

Moderators: Mercia Andrews (TCOE), Moema Miranda (IBASE).

8. How Europe has been hijacked by the corporate agenda? What social movements can do about it?
Date: 22 January
Time: Third Period (2:30 to 5:00pm)
Venue: Room Che Guevera - 2

ROUND TABLE Organized by Hemispheric Social Alliance, Transnational Institue Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam (Finland/India) and "Enlazando Alternativas" bi- regional Latinamerica/Caribbean - Europe Network

What are the urgent challenges facing European peoples in light of the EU's neoliberal agenda today? The current conjuncture in Europe, and how best to mobilize today, are the big questions that will be debated in this round table by activists from different sectors of European society, in exchange with activists from regions of the South, their experiences and proposals.

Participants

  • Olivier Hoedeman, Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO), Netherlands
  • Asbjorn Wahl, For Velferdsstaten, Norway
  • Christophe Aguiton, Attac, France
  • Tom Kurchaz, Ecologistas en Accion, Spain
  • Gabi Zimmer, Member of the European Parliament,
  • Gonzalo Berrón, Hemispheric Social Alliance, Brasil
  • Mohau Pheko - GENTA, South Africa
  • Ge Yun, Conservation Foundation , China

Moderator: Fiona Dove, Transnational Institute (TNI), The Netherlands

9. Just Trade for a Just World: Fighting the "Free Trade Agreements"
Date: 22 January
Time: Third Period (2.30 am - 5:00pm)
Venue: TBA

Panel co-organized Hemispheric Council of the Americas Social Forum + African Organizer Committee

10. Making the links: the connections between Free Trade Agreements, Foreign Direct Investment, debt, security policy, militarization.
Date: 22 January
Time: Fourth period (5:30 - 8:00 pm)
Venue: Room 3IN (Lower access gate)

PANEL organised by Our World Is Not For Sale (OWINFS)

Since the 1990's, a variety of social movements and networks have been built to struggle against the payment of the debt, the policies of the IMF and the World Bank, increasing militarization, and against the WTO and free trade agreements. Policies and agendas pushed by the US, the EU and other industrialized countries, and by the international financial institutions in these different policy arenas, are all interlinked. Yet social movements engaged in various struggles have not yet begun to discuss the links between these agendas in any intensive way, or to collaborate closely in these disparate struggles. In order to challenge Corporate-led Globalisation and to advance alternatives, such a high level of collaboration is more needed than ever.

11. Work/labour and industrial development (Peoples' Dialogue).
Date: 23 January
Time: First Period (8:30 to 11:00am)
venue: Room 12IN (Lower access gate).

ROUND TABLE (organized by AIDC)

The theme of work/labour is oriented towards urban aspects of the economy in the context of challenging neoliberal globalisation and building alternative development strategies. In the effort to ensure decent work and adequate livelihoods for all, there is need to examine how regions can be platforms for the development of economies of scale and the harmonisation of industries that make it possible to produce the inputs and outputs for satisfying the basic needs of the people, and to provide decent employment in the process. Trade unions and other labour organisations have long recognised the vital importance of building solidarity in action both across borders and internationally, to prevent workers from being played off against each other by transnational corporations in the "race to the bottom" of working conditions. Today, more specifically, organised labour is engaged in vital questions around alternative economic strategies for regional cooperation and development. This is particularly important for the development of appropriate regional strategies between the peoples and countries of Africa and Latin America, as reflected in new regional and continental organisations between trade unions.

Speakers:

  • Bheki Ntshalintshali (Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU), South Africa)
  • Messias Melo (Central Única dos Trabalhadores, Brazil)
  • Mohau Pheko (GENTA, ??), Carmen Foro (Confederação Nacional de Trabalhadores na Agricultura, Brazil)
  • a representative of Southern African Trade Union Coordinating Council
  • Fernando Berasain (Centrales Sindicales del Cono Sur, Uruguay)
  • Hassan Sunmonu (Organisation for African Trade Union Unity)
  • Andrés Larisgoitia (CTA, Argentina)

Moderators: Jennifer Chiriga (AIDC), Adhemar Mineiro (DIEESE/REBRIP, Brasil).

12. Alternatives to free trade - Latin American, Asian and African proposals.
23 January
Time: Second Period (11:30am to 2:00pm)
Venue: Room 3IN (Upper gate access).

PANEL organized by OWINFS.

Alternatives to free trade agreements are developed in different regions in the world. In this panel, representatives will present several alternative proposals.

13. Rolling back the powers of TNCs
Date: 23 January
Time: Third Period (2:30 to 5:00pm) - Venue: Room 4IN (Upper access gate)
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Fourth Period (5:30 to 8:00pm) - Venue Room 7IN (Upper access gate).

Workshop organized by FOCUS, Transnational Institute, Alianza Social Continental, Friends of the Earth International, Asia Monitor Resource Centre (Hong Kong).

Building on a strategy workshop held at the 2005 WSF in Porto Alegre, this workshop is a space for sharing experiences and approaches to campaigning against transnational corporations, with the aim of developing strategies and proposals towards an international campaign/movement to roll-back and dismantle the powers of the corporate regime. Our aim is to engage a wide variety of approaches, movements, organisations and levels of action, all working together in a common framework of analysis, with the shared objective of reducing the power of corporations. The workshop is open to everyone - community organisations, trade unions, research organisations, environmental and consumer groups, human rights advocates, legal experts and social movements - who are working at all levels (from community to international) in both the South and the North.

14. Asamblea Movimientos Sociales.
Date: 24 January
(time and venue TBA)

15. Resisting free trade from the south: building alliances and common strategies.
Date: 24 January
Time: Second Period (11:30am to 2:00pm)
Venue: Room 3IN (Upper access gate).

Strategy session organized by Alianza Social Continental, FOCUS, Transnational Institute, ATTAC Japan, La Via Campesina Africa, AIDC, Federation of Indonesian Peasant Union (FSPI), Globalization Monitor (Hong Kong), Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions, Korean Confederation of Trade Unions, Institute for Global Justice (Indonesia), Kilusang Mangingisda (Fisherfolk Movement, Philippines), Migrant Forum in Asia, Stop the New Round! Coalition (the Philippines), Womyn's Agenda for Change (Cambodia).

We envision this strategy meeting to be an opportunity for all of us to build and strengthen alliances and to work together on a common action plan, not only on the issue of the World Trade Organization, but on Free Trade Agreements and Economic Partnership Agreements as well. As the WTO tries to revive itself and the FTAs and EPAs are fast tracked, this is our moment to step up our campaigns and to work together to prevent the revival of the Doha Round and the further proliferation of FTAs and EPAs.

16. Assembly on labour and globalization.
date: 24 January
Time: Second Period (11:30am to 2:00pm)
venue: TBA.

Assembly organized by Transform! Italia, Federazione Impiegati Operai Metallurgici Milano-Confederazione Generale Italiana del Lavoro (FIOM CGIL, Italy), Funzione Pubblica CGIL (Italy), FOCUS (the Phillipines), Rete Camere del Lavoro CGIL (Italy), World March of Women, CUT (Brazil), Via Campesina, Fondazione Di Vittorio (Italy), FISM (Metalworkers International Union), AGORA (part of the Arena Group, Sweden), Campaign for the Welfare State (Norway), Federazione Lavoratori della Conoscenza CGIL (FLC CGIL, Italy), G10 Solidaires (France)).